From cabaret to prayer
After a well-attended concert in Zagreb in February this year and a guest appearance in Slavonski Brod, Cantus Ansabml returns to the Blagoja Bersa Concert Hall on March 28 with a new repertoire. The concert will start at 19:30, and tickets can be purchased for 40 kuna.
On this occasion, the concert program of Cantus Ensemble brings something completely new and something a little less new: the premiere of the composition Kunst Kabarett by the young Croatian author Krešimir Klarić and Symphony no. 4 by Russian-German author Alfred Schnittke. The ensemble will be conducted by maestro Tonči Bilić, with featured vocal soloists Irma Dragičević, Darija Auguštan, Ivana Srbljan, Roko Radovan and Luka Ortar.
Krešimir Klarić (Karlovac, 1994) recently graduated in composition in the class of Berislav Šipuš at the Music Academy in Zagreb, where he previously graduated in organ in the class of Ljerka Očić. Klarić is also this year's winner of the Rudolf and Margita Matz Fund Award for Young Composers, alongside Lovro Stipčević. The inspiration for his new composition, he says, came "from a short-lived fascination with cabaret as a kind of entertainment theater", and over time he decided to fragment the original text and his work is realized as "an attempt to vocalize thoughts and determined by free thought and elements of musical theater."
"In the beginning, I composed in a clear style, but now I see that my personality did not come to the fore," said Alfred Schnittke, one of the most important composers of the 20th century (Engels, 1934 - Hamburg, 1998). He called his later approach "polystylistic", the use of several styles, in which he often uses sudden cuts and transitions as well as "dark" musical moods. In Symphony No. 4, 1984, some of the elements come from four religious traditions: Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Jewish, which Schnittke combines into the fervent prayer of a dense variational structure.
Tickets for the Cantus Ensemble concert can be purchased for 40 kuna in the ulaznice.hr system or at the box office of the Music Academy (two hours before the concert). Due to the epidemiological situation, entry to the concert is possible upon presentation of an EU covid certificate or a valid antigen / PCR test.